It is not the first time that Eat Out has broken its own rules in choosing the chefs eligible for the previous Top 20 Restaurant lists (until 2016, The Pot Luck Club of Chef Luke Dale-Roberts having been snuck in, when it had only been open for 11 months and two weeks in 2014), and this year the same has happened in the Top 30 list for the first time. Three restaurants had not opened by 1 November 2016, the cut-off date for eligibility for the Awards this month, according to Eat Out’s own rules, yet are included in its shortlist! Missing from Eat Out’s List is JAN Restaurant in Nice, our country’s best South African restaurant, and awarded a Michelin-star in 2016 and in 2017! 
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Last year I was subject to an urgent interdict in the Western Cape High Court with a demand to remove a Blogpost about the misleading packaging which Le Chocolatier had used for its chocolate slabs, claiming them to be sugar-free and Banting-friendly. In a landmark case in terms of freedom of speech and defamation in digital Social Media, Judge Dennis Davis refused the demand for my Blogpost to be taken down, with only two sentences required to be removed from the Blogpost. The case sets a precedent for future cases regarding defamation on Social Media platforms. (more…)

Last Monday Leeu Estates hosted writers to try their new Summer Menu, curated by Leeu Collection Executive Chef Oliver Cattermole. The new menu is dominated by dishes created with fresh produce from the estate. The new Conservatory added to The Dining Room is also complete,  and is set up for meals.  (more…)

We are invited to many events, and initially I thought that driving out to Airport Industria for the media visit to Green Planet Laundry last week was not something I would write about on my Blog. I was so impressed with the brand new water and electricity efficient industrial, commercial, and residential laundry operation that I would like to give it credit.  (more…)

A record 111 South African wines received a coveted 2018 Platter’s Guide five-star rating at the Awards ceremony held at the Table Bay Hotel tonight. Raats Family Wines was named as the 2018 Winery of the Year. (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Exclusive Books in the V&A Waterfront, for its friendly service in accepting a returned book, when I discovered that I already owned a copy of it. The money was quickly and efficiently reversed to my credit card. 

 

 

 

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The explosion of restaurant openings in Cape Town and the Winelands in the last two months is a concern to many, both as restaurant lovers, in that one cannot keep up, and as restaurant owners, as there is not enough business for everyone.

Last month saw the opening of Seta at Villa 47, Le coin Français by Darren Badenhorst in Franschhoek, The Bistro and Deli at La Paris outside Franschhoek, Chef Duncan Doherty’s Eatery at Colmant in Franschhoek, and Boschendal at Oude Bank in Stellenbosch, amongst others.

We update information about newly opened and closed restaurants continuously, and welcome such news.

Restaurant Openings

#  Villa 47 has relaunched its Stuzzico and Restaurant restaurants, as SETA and Pierino Penati, respectively. The latter restaurant (photograph) has opened in conjunction with Italian Michelin star restaurant owner Chef Theo Penati. (more…)

A week ago I reported on episode one of the #JAN TV series produced and screened on Via TV, on channel 147 on DStv and on Showmax Online. Last night episode 2 (of nine episodes) was broadcast, focusing largely on Chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen eating visiting Dulceacqua, in Liguria in Italy.  (more…)

The City of Cape Town is under attack for its slow response time in facing the dire water shortage, particularly in respect of augmenting the low level of dam water with additional water sources, such as desalination.  Now the Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille, has announced which desalination plants are to become operational, and how much water they will generate.  (more…)


In the past month a number of new restaurants have opened in Franschhoek, whilst a number of new chefs have arrived in the Gourmet village too. To assist our readers in planning a visit to Franschhoek, we summarize the changes below. 
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